TrustNordisk sells A Man Called Ove on the way to the AFM
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The Danish agency will launch Hannes Holm’s comedy-drama and another four brand-new Danish and Norwegian films in Los Angeles
Danish international sales agency TrustNordisk has closed deals for Germany (Concorde Filmverleih) and Benelux (September Film) for Swedish director Hannes Holm’s comedy-drama A Man Called Ove, which is also included in the company’s catalogue for the American Film Market in Santa Monica, Los Angeles (5-12 November).
“Since we announced pre-sales a couple of weeks ago, the interest from distributors has been enormous, so we have high expectations for its international potential,” explained Rikke Ennis, CEO of TrustNordisk. Based on Swedish author Fredrik Backman’s bestseller, Ove is a grumpy old man who has given up on everybody, including himself – but then a new family moves in next door. The Annica Bellander production for Tre Vänner will be ready in December 2015.
Also among the AFM pre-sales is Danish director Kenneth Kainz’s The Shamer’s Daughter [+see also:
film profile], from Danish author Lene Kaaberbøl’s novel, which Nepenthe Film will ready for a March 2015 release, and Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune [+see also:
interview: Thomas Vinterberg
film profile], based on his own play about life in a Danish commune between 1975 and 1985, produced by Zentropa Entertainments for an August 2015 premiere.
In addition, the pre-sales line-up also features Scandinavia’s first disaster movie, Norwegian director Roar Uthaug’s The Wave, starring Kristoffer Joner as an experienced geologist in the middle of a fjord tsunami, staged by Fantefilm Fiksjon for an August 2015 launch; Danish director Anders Morgenthaler’s English-language drama I Am Here [+see also:
film profile], a Zentropa Entertainments production starring US actress Kim Basinger; and German director Baran bo Odar’s thriller Who Am I – No System Is Safe [+see also:
interview: Baran bo Odar
film profile], from Wiedemann & Berg, and starring Danish actress Trine Dyrholm.
TrustNordisk will also be selling two Danish films that have already been launched domestically: Danish director Nils Malmros’ Sorrow and Joy [+see also:
film profile], from last year – Denmark’s official submission for the Oscar nominations – and Mikkel Nørgaard’s The Absent One [+see also:
film profile], the second part of the Jussi Adler-Olsen Department Q franchise, which after a record opening has so far taken 637,488 admissions in five weeks. Lastly, the catalogue also includes a Norwegian movie released last week (2 November): Norwegian director Gunnar Vikene’s Here Is Harold [+see also:
interview: Gunnar Vikene
film profile] (read the interview), a Mer Film production about an attempt to kidnap IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad.